Can You Be A SJFA Welfare Officer?

New year – New volunteers needed!

You have an outstanding opportunity to join our team of volunteers. SJFA are looking for Welfare Officers who in their role will be acting at the forefront of community football.

Across grassroots football there is a network of around 8,500 Welfare Officers who support safe and fun environments for everyone. The club’s Welfare Officer is concerned with putting safeguards into place for all activities relating to the youth set up.. The whole committee should be supporting these efforts but the Welfare Officer needs to ensure that all officials are clear about their own responsibilities.

It is important to keep children safe when they play football and we are not just talking about shin pads. It is important that everyone involved in football feels comfortable, free and able to enjoy the game. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and the FA have strict policies for clubs to follow. Anyone involved in grassroots football has a duty to ensure that the game provides an experience that is safe, positive, and enjoyable for everyone.

In order to make sure that these responsibilities are upheld, welfare officers need to work together with the club’s committee, coaches, players, and parents to ensure that the club offers a safe and positive environment.

Some of the major roles include:

  • Ensuring that everyone at the club understands their responsibilities
  • Working with the Youth League Welfare Officer
  • Working with the County FA Welfare Officer
  • Promoting the FA’s Respect Programme and helping to develop best practice processes
  • Implement policies regarding safeguarding, anti-bullying, and equality
  • Make sure recruiting processes are responsible: take references and submit the FA CRB checks
  • Make sure everyone follows the RESPECT Programme code of conduct
  • Refer concerns about the welfare of a child
  • Monitor repeated incidents of poor behaviour and bring to your committee
  • Monitor compliance with FA CRB checks using the FA Safeguarding Online System

SJFA is built on the hard work and dedication of volunteers with a passion for the sport. The role of Welfare Officer is an important job to keeping football safe for everyone. Do you want to give back to the community and have what it takes to be SJFA Welfare Officer?

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